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Aug 10, 2020 KQBM
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We're in our dry Sierra summer now, so here's an hour of music about water, mainly in lakes, rivers, and motion.  Artists include The Great Bear Trio, Asleep at the Wheel (w/ Willie on one track), The Latter Day Lizards, Bonnie Raitt, The California Cajun Orchestra, Salamander Crossing, Euphor, Flapjack, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Sue Songer/Clyde Curley/Creighton Lindsay, and... The Police, invoking something stirring in the filth at the bottom of a dark Scottish lake...  The Ruckus will...
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Aug 3, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of acoustic music in traditional modes, from Red Tail Ring and Bowhunter, two ensembles with some artist overlap.  (Plus some bonus/intro music and a PSA or two.)  Information on the artists and their music (and on owning it) can be found at www.redtailring.com .  Today's CDs are Fall Away Blues and The Right Hands Round.  Very tasty stuff that appeals to me.  If you are into PSAs, or voting, I'll point you toward www.vote.org for info on registration and voting options, including...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, music
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Jul 27, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of music featuring two artists / fiddlers: Ruthie Dornfeld ( www.ruthiedornfeld.com ) and Rani Arbo ( www.raniarbo.com ).  Our first set features duets from the 2019 CD Timo Alakotila Ruthie Dornfeld , with Timo on piano.  Our second set presents tracks from 2012's CD Some Bright Morning by Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem.  These are favorite recordings from beloved artists who kindly gifted these recordings to the Ruckus!  Musicians have been financially hard-hit by the social...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, music
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Jul 20, 2020 KQBM
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A bonus PSA, a bit of the Dead, and then an hour of mostly blues and rock/folk from Bobby Blue Bland, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Charlie Baty, Billie Holliday, The Beatles, Andrew and Noah, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Paul Simon and George Harrison, Orb, and that fabulous young Contradance trio Nova.  Plus some current events, barbed humor, and a borderline mini-rant.  Some day we'll be dancing again; first we've gotta get through this.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, music
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Jul 14, 2020 KQBM
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A Baker's Hour of music with rhythms in threes, and two pre-show bonus tracks.  Ruckus music from Horace Silver, American Café Orchestra, Ben Smith, and traditional artists from continental Africa and Madagascar.  Plus our first guest-segment hosted by two of New Mexico's finest.  Here are Guest Hosts Clara and Noralyn's program notes on their segment:  Bingsjopolska 89 - artist unknown Swedish Couples Dance   Das Teureste in Bukowina (The Dear One in Bukowina) - Naftule Brandwein Klezmer...
Topics: Ruckus, KQBM, dance, music, 3/4, 6/8, 9/8
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Jul 7, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of music and commentary on the topic of freedom, to cap the 4th of July weekend in the difficult year 2020.  The commentary considers the shifting balance in America's concept of freedoms and obligations, away from community and toward do-as-you-please individualism, with a dollop of authoritarianism on the side.  Music is from The Andrew and Noah Band, Buckshot LeFonque, Lucky Peterson, Seal, Alana Davis, The Derek Trucks Band, Jorma Kaukonen, The Who, and Ben Smith, with an extra...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, music
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Jun 22, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of music on the theme of rain, plus facts and commentary including a ham-fisted invocation of a clumsy metaphor comparing rainstorms and the 'storm' of little droplets -- possibly having coronavirus -- that we all breathe in and out.  We are pro-face-mask!  Music is from Billie Holliday, Anne Peebles, Boy With A Fish, Terrence Trent D'Arby, Salamander Crossing, Wild Asparagus, Continental Drifters, the Andrew and Noah Band, American Café Orchestra, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem,...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, music, rain
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Jun 15, 2020 KQBM
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More than one hour of music with thematic connections to Pride, sandwiched between two Covid-19 PSAs and a timely bonus lead-in track from Buckshot LeFonque.  Today's musicians include Dust City Opera, Alana Davis, k.d. lang (LOTS of k.d. and that incredible voice from one of her finest and most personal CDs, 'All You Can Eat'), The Youngbloods (I saw them perform this at a fest in Canyon, CA, and if you know where both Canyon and Olema are, you are savvy!), James Brown (the lyrics deserve...
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Jun 8, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of music (and some commentary), first (after 'Bill,' a waltz from Tin Hat Trio) on the theme of 'twenty dollars' from Tom Prasada-Rao, Twenty Dollars (from Germany), George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Grateful Dead, and Joey and Rory; then, the music of Curtis Mayfield as performed by Gladys Knight, Tevin Campbell, Branford Marsalis and the Impressions, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton, and Elton John and Sounds of Blackness.  Mayfield's work is so penetrating, inspiring,...
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Jun 1, 2020 KQBM
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Bookended by two PSAs on personal safety in the time of the Covid-19 epidemic, here is an hour of comment on a week of heartbreaking violence in the United States, and thoughts on its significance, and a bit of history on the politics of "Law and Order," and American music in tune with these turbulent and complex times from James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, The Horse Flies, Bruce Springsteen, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, and Janet Jackson.  A tough show, put together very quickly.  Here's...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, music
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May 31, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of facts, comment, and music, featuring the great Alana Davis, with contributions from Nat King Cole (our Memorial Day Remembrance), Richard Gere (Chicago, arr. Danny Elfman), the Lazy Town talent (going a capella), Will Deely, Salt-N-Pepa, Spice Girls, and Rob Base helping with a PSA. The Ruckus strongly suspects that we'll see at least one new peak of Covid-19 infections soon (early summer 2020), thanks to some too-casual re-openings, well before the real 'second wave' returns next...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, music
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May 19, 2020 KQBM
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An hour, with facts and commentary, of tasty music by Terrence Trent D'Arby, Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand, Barbra Streisand, Burning Flames, Tangerine Dream, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rickie Lee Jones, Les Ecrocs, Arrogant Worms, Green Chile Jam Band, Jorma Kaukonen, and Incredible String Band.  Many tracks/titles could be misunderstood to imply a political comment.  There were more tracks about worms that were cut for time -- maybe another time... Good, eclectic...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Music
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May 12, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of commentary on current events (grim facts, scathing perspectives, or wry observations) and eclectic music too: Little Richard (RIP), Quincy and Mike, Andrew and Noah, diverse Toons, Steven Colbert and Sturgill Simpson, George Clinton, Cory Lee, WestMoDollaz, Ellen DeGeneres, Richie Stearns 5 tracks from his CD 'Missing'), and a taste of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem. More talk than usual, but it's the times we live in, and there are things to be said.  Hope you enjoy.
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May 4, 2020 KQBM
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There's no place like home... so, why don't you go home?  An hour of music, facts and commentary, as Covid-19 deaths keep rising while much of America heedlessly 're-opens.'  Music from the Andrew and Noah Band, Lift Ticket, Atomic City Rhythm rascals, Ellen Gozion, Danny Gatton, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Asleep at the Wheel, The Clovers, The Bee Gees, Dust City Opera, House of Hamill, and Rodney Miller's Airdance.  Positive words of leadership and compassion from George, Laura, Michelle...
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Apr 27, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of music and commentary.  Music, with a theme of love, is from Al Green, Asleep at the Wheel, Hot Club Sandwich, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Horace Silver, George Shearing Trio, k. d. lang and The Reclines, Atomic City Rhythm Rascals, L.T.D., Footloose, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Roscoe Holcomb, and Ellen Gozian.  That's a pretty eclectic mix, but if I'm doing something right, it will make some sort of acoustic sense.  I wish the commentary was not necessary but this is life in...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus!, music
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Apr 23, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of music for these troubling times, with a couple of short Covid-19 fact/opinion pieces from your host.  Traffic's 40,000 Headmen makes an oblique nod to the more than 41,000 _confirmed_ American deaths in 51 days from the coronavirus.  For most of the rest of the hour, Erykah Badu takes us on a spiritual soul journey -- reflecting a quiet thoughtful groove I found myself in this week. We also get a taste of Buckshot LeFonque in the middle of the hour.  I hope all Ruckus!...
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Apr 13, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of music mostly from the universe of string bands and Contra dance artists, all mindful of love -- and we could use it now.  After a bonus PSA on safety in the time of coronavirus Covid-19, and some facts and stats on the epidemic and the illness, we kick off with a love song from John Prine and Iris Dement.  Tunes from Red Tail Ring, Rodney Miller and Bob McQilllen, The New Lost City ramblers, Wild Asparagus, The Free Raisins, Euphor, Footloose, Salamander Crossing feat. Rani Arbo,...
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A PSA with official California and Foothills counties contact information regarding Covid-19 (coronvirus epidemic) including resources, information, orders and ordinances. TEXT:  The Covid-19 coronavirus causes a deadly disease that is now (April 8, 2020) killing around 2000 Americans each day. It spreads easily from person to person, and can even be spread by people who have no symptoms of ilness.   This has caused an epidemic that is still growing rapidly when people interact.   In early...
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A PSA with information on how to keep yourself and others around you safe from the Covid-19 coronavirus. TEXT: You could save a life!: for yourself, your partner, your child or grandchild, a parent or grandparent, other family member or housemate, neighbor, checkout cashier, EMT, ambulance crew, nurse, doctor, other hospital staff, other patients who might not have a bed, oxygen, or a ventilator… or even just random passersby.   You can be the hero by staying safe and not catching the...
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California and Foothills Counties Stay-At-Home orders explained: re Covid-19 coronavirus
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Apr 6, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of distinctive rock-ish tracks with jazz, blues, and R&B influences, to get us moving and shaking during this time of home confinement... and a good test for new speakers! ... from the late Bill Withers, Robert Palmer, the Vaughn Brothers, and the Jeff Beck Group (with a vocalist that many ladies of a certain age-stratum will recognize).  Interesting vibrant sounds for interesting times.  Also, facts offered in rebuttal to the pernicious, persistent notion that the Covid-19...
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Mar 30, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of mostly "southern-ish" blues-rock on the subject of love, from Susan Tedeschi, The Derek Trucks Band, The Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Bonnie Raitt, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mary Chapin Carpenter, all bookended by a pair of tracks from a quintet you don't hear much on the Blue Mountain.  Plus -- facts and guidance on Covid-19/Coronavirus: the epidemic. People with virus infection can have no symptoms but can still transmit the disease to others.  People of all ages can become...
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Mar 23, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of music, exuberant strength laced with tenderness, for these difficult times.  Jimmy Cliff, Greatful Dead, 'Soggy Bottom Boys,' Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sufjan Stevens, Stevie Ray Vaughn and friends, US3, Eugene Friesen, Beth Orton, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, some version of Shout!, ... plus the best current expert info and advice I have found on the coronavirus epidemic.  How best to motivate people to take it seriously without freaking them out?  How to keep our community's...
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Mar 19, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of music for turning to face the coronavirus epidemic.  Tough-times music for tough folks.  Some blues, some trad, some uplifting music, some fun, from Otis Rush (thanks, LM!), Melvin Van Peebles, Jorma Kaukonen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Avant Gardeners, The Derek Trucks Band, Annie Lennox & Herbie Hancock, Nightingale, Mavis Staples, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, and a taste of Beth Orton.  I spend some time on some key facts about the Covid-19 Pandemic, and how and why...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus!, hopeful, resolute, music, virus, epidemic
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Feb 24, 2020 KQBM
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Today’s Ruckus! program presents an hour of music from artists who – from the 4 minute, 45 second mark on – embraced African-American identity and propelled the African/American musical legacies forward from the 19 th to the 21 st century.   Starting with 'string bands,' Bowhunter gives us an example of the essence of old-school music (for Contra dance) that is now almost exclusively identified with ‘ethnic majority culture,’ although even the old New England country dance scene had...
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, contra, dance, music, African-American, Black History Month
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Feb 17, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of contemporary music from African artists, moving and mostly irresistibly danceable, in recognition of Black History Month.  Artists and countries include Angelique Kidjo (Benin [Nigeria]), Kaouding Cissoko (Senegal), Mory Kante (Guinea), Njacko Backo (Cameroon), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa), Kaissa Doumbe (Cameroon, France), Manu Dibango (Cameroon), and a taste of Herbie Hancock & samples (USA) at the end.  Also some musings on around a million years of human history:...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Africa, dance, music
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Feb 10, 2020 KQBM
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For a romantic Valentine’s Day week, here's an hour of waltz music from the country/contra dance tradition.   After 90 minutes of contra dancing, a waltz is a nice, welcome change.   These are traditionally turning waltzes, with lots of whirling.   This program features Jay Ungar and Molly Mason (singing), Nighingale, Contratopia, The Free Raisins, Nightwatch, Syncopaths, Amarillis, The Jacob’s Creek Stragglers (Libby Eddy singing), Nova, Seaglass, Owen Morrison, and Clara Byom.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, waltzes, waltz, dance
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Feb 3, 2020 KQBM
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An hour-long pre-Valentine’s day tradition of songs for bent and broken hearts, about failed and sideways romances.   Sad country dance music is pretty rare (dancing shakes out the sads) with exceptions like some Honkytonk and Cajun tunes, yet today’s tracks feature some* artists in the contra/country dance scene: The Jacob’s Creek Stragglers*, Trapezoid*, Otis and Carla, Bonnie Raitt, Salamander Crossing, Red Tail Ring*, Oshoma Brothers*, Nora Jones, Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus*, Ernie...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music, broken heart
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Jan 27, 2020 KQBM
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An hour of music to move to, beginning with contra dance music from Nova (& Ed Howe), Notorious, and then with a bluegrass twist, from Michael Daves & Friends; then some Celtic harp from Kathie Hardy and some certified English Country ('EC') Dance music from Will Pound and Eddy Jay... then a PSA break with Eugene Friesen playing a Larger String Instrument, then tracks from Red Tail Ring, The Jacob's Creek Stragglers, and Trapezoid (and a small dash of Vassar Clements).
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music, EC, English country
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Jan 20, 2020 KQBM
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“With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood” — Martin Luther King Jr.   Today’s Ruckus! celebrates a transformation of American (and world) music that began in the reverberations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 ‘I Have a Dream’ speeches.   Black and white kids playing together… and growing up and playing music together.   In the mid 60s, one of the first racially diverse new groups was the...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, music, dance, racial, diverse, diversity
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Jan 14, 2020 KQBM
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Today’s Ruckus program launches our 2020 theme of ‘Connection’ – and music/dance are great ways to make those connections.   Shake those blues away!   Today’s program of broad-spectrum dance music is mostly frisky, with tracks from Nova, Boiled Buzzards, Noah VanNorstrand (live dance sample via PA speaker), Kathie Hardy, Joe Bell and his Swing Lizards, Danny Gatton, California Cajun Orchestra, C. J. Chenier, Asleep at the Wheel, The Heyy Babyy soundtrack gang (clip on YouTube, disc...
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Dec 10, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of contra dance music from Stringrays and featuring compositions and solo and ensemble work from two members of this quintet in particular: Stuart Kenney and Sam Bartlett (sitting at 2 o'clock and 8 o'ckock in the attached photo).  Tracks from Stringrays' 2nd CD, 'Ticket to Nowhere' (& one from 'Stringrays,' their first), Sam's solo projects 'Evil Diane' and 'Dance-A-Rama,' Stuart's disc 'Red Case,' and some vintage Stuart & Co. from 'High Clouds' by the Greenfield Dance...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music
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Dec 3, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of music with several traditional roots, featuring Rani Arbo on fiddle and lead and harmony vocals, on two discs from Salamander Crossing (Passion Train, Bottleneck Dreams) and three discs from Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem (Cocktail Swing, Gambling Eden, Big Old Life).  You'll hear strands from/of Old Timey, Bluegrass, Gospel/Hymn, Ballad, Swing, Jug Band, and Bob Dylan.  I also say a few words about how this music has inspired me.  The Ruckus! program is about music that moves and...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, music
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Nov 26, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of rags: dance music with a steady rhythmic beat ('in the left hand') and a 'ragged' melody that uses rhythmic 'off-beats' to set up a complex rhythmic relationship that swings.  Back and forth through time, we'll hear the Jim Kweskin Jug Band (with a young Maria Muldaur), Asleep at the Wheel, The New Lost City Ramblers, Country Joe and the Fish, Scott Joplin, Natalie MacMaster, Joe Venuti, Bob Wills, Red Foley, Songer Peck & Curley, Stringrays, Flapjack, Notorious, Latter Day...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, dance, music
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Nov 18, 2019 KQBM
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A rare, live, spontaneous and impromptu Thursday afternoon Ruckus! hour of Noralyn (pronounced 'Nora Lynn') and Rick having fun trading mostly dance music tracks from VERY diverse traditions (though no actual Bollywood).  Generally speaking, the one of us had not previously heard the track that the other one of us queued up.  For once, we won't preview the selections or artists here, except to add these few notes:  Andrew VanNorstrand's latest CD is called 'That We Could Find A Way To Be';...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, dance, music
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Nov 18, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of mostly modern-traditional social dance music with a theme of Autumn.  The first set leans (in part) toward contra dance medleys and celebrates tree-nuts: acorns, chinquapins, filberts and walnuts are part of the Sierras.  Acorns were vitally important to the earliest people to arrive in the Blue Mountain region; the native Mi-Wuk people keep these memories and traditions alive.  The second set is more generally autumnal, which has inspired a fair number of people who write English...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, dance, music, acorns, walnuts, Ruckus
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Oct 30, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of mostly dance/trad music appropriate to Hallowe'en, starting with an a capella death-dance for children from the time of the Plague Years, sung by Evangeline (uninvited guest-host) or what's left of her.  Three from American Cafe Orchestra; The Free Raisins, Lift Ticket, The Elftones, and Rodney Miller & Airdance play medleys including the tunes Devil in the Kitchen, Devil in the Strawstack, and Devil's Churn; Skip James; Donovan, Elixir, Ry Cooder, Robert Palmer, Lila Downs,...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music
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Oct 21, 2019 KQBM
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The Ruckus' second date with the amazing Contratopia, featuring an hour of music mostly drawn from the CDs Riff City (2014) and Ballroom Echoes (2002, mostly waltzes), plus bits and bobs from Hands Four and Smitten.  This follow-up complements our first zesty hour with Contratopia (Show 45, back on July 1 2019 in this archive) via different musical selections, and provides a fuller picture of the scope of their musical interests and compositions.  You can play shows 45 & 54 back-to-back,...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music, waltz, hambo
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Oct 7, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of Contra dance music from the very distinctive band Elixir, in recognition of the 2019 Harvest Moon dance weekend in Santa Barbara, CA (Elixir and Pete's Posse are playing the gig).  Horns!  These tracks are from the CDs Supertonic (2008) and Rampant (2010).  See if you can hear Anna Patton hitting the supertonic note on clarinet on Abe's Retreat, after the 10-minute mark.  Also a fine waltz, Daybreak, from guitarist Owen Morrison's CD of original waltzes, also called Daybreak.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Contra, dance, music, fiddle, horns
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Sep 10, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of vocal music from relatively younger artists in and around the modern traditional country social dance music traditions:  Oshima Brothers, The Faux Paws, House of Hamill, Eloise & Co., Julie Vallimont with Mia Bertelli, The Free Raisins, and Dust City Opera.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music, vocals
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Sep 2, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of compelling 'Transatlantic fiddle tunes" by American Cafe Orchestra, from three CDs: The Early Years (1999; fabulous multitracked in-house recordings from 1987 and 1988), Egyptian Dominoes (1991/2), with a take on 'Hell Broke Loose In Georgia' that inspired the Ruckus! program and introduces it each week, and Nightmare Polka (2011), a wide-ranging collection of original musical explorations and influences.  Fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld and guitarist Morten Alfred Ho/irup have...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, ACO, transatlantic, fiddle, American, Scandinavian
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Aug 26, 2019 KQBM
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A one-hour program presenting music from two bands -- Seaglass and Notorious -- that are playing at the September 2019 Echo Summit Dance Camp weekend.  Starting with three tracks from the Seaglass EP, the rest of the program previews music from the three Notorious CDs: Notorious, Elkins, and The Road To Damascus.  A bit of info about the dance camp scene is also given.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music
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Aug 19, 2019 KQBM
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A one hour program of Cajun music and related traditions and influences (Breton, Creole, Zydeco, Southern), with personal reflections by my friend Susan in western PA, who was on the scene when cloggers discovered Cajun music in northern Appalachia, and who became an accomplished accordionist and bandleader.  Artists presented here today include Nightingale, Duhon & Clark, the California Cajun Orchestra, The New Lost City Ramblers, Tracy Schwarz Cajun Trio, Buckwheat Zydeco, C. J. Chenier,...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, dance, music, Cajun, Breton
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Aug 12, 2019 KQBM
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A wide-ranging hour of acoustic music featuring the mandolin, played by Bill Monroe, David Grisman, John Goodin (& Contratopia), Ashley Broder (& Syncopaths), and Sam Bartlett (& Uncle Gizmo) along with many other fine musicians including Tommy Emmanuel, Jerry Garcia, Freyda Epstein, and The Nashville Mandolin Ensemble.  Bits of Bluegrass, Dawg, Hot Club Jazz, Folk, Classical, and Contra Dance / New England-ish styles.  Also some commentary of modest veracity.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Contra, dance, music
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Aug 5, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of purely Contra dance music from artists in the talent lineup for the 2019 Balance The Bay dance weekend in San Francisco.  [1] Elixir, plus some of guest fiddler Audrey Knuth's work with The Free Raisins, and [2] The Faux Paws, plus some of these musicians' earlier work with Great Bear from the RAWR! disc.  Note that all of these bands include some horn players on some or all tracks/tunes.  Horns and fiddles -- go figure!
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Contra, dance, music, horns
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Jul 29, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of Contra and Social Dance music from American Cafe Orchestra, Atomic City Rhythm Rascals, Avant Gardeners, and Airdance, with a cameo by the Adobe Brothers.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Contra, dance, music
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Jul 1, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of Contra Dance music, mostly jigs and reels sets, from Contratopia, a band from the Upper Midwest.  High energy dance tracks from three CDs: Hands Four, Smitten, and Riff City.  Authentic and original American music.  One waltz is included as a taste of a future Ruckus! show with more music from this great band.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music, Contratopia, jigs, reels, waltzes
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Jun 24, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of dance, dance-related, or mostly-danceable music to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the There's A Ruckus! radio program.  Sky(e)-themed.  Artists include House of Hamill, MAC, Contratopia, Horseflies, Penk-Curley-Songer, Wild Asparagus, Mean Lids, Eloise & Co., Chris Norman, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Bob Wills, k. d. lang, Derek Trucks, and Danny Gatton.  If you like what you hear, search this Archive.org for "KQBM Ruckus".  Let near and distant friends know...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music, air, jig, reel
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Jun 17, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of music from the Contra Dance band Syncopaths, and from project recordings from three of the band members.  Some of my favorite music!  Info on the band and the artists.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music, Syncopaths, Christa Burch, Ashley Broder, Jeff Spero, Ryan...
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Jun 10, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of Celtic and North American traditional music, with some modern updates ala Celtic Folk Rock, plus original tunes and songs, from and with House of Hamill.  Selections from the CDs Wide Awake and March Through Storms are presented.  Two house-concert acoustic recordings are also included by special permission.  Thanks to Rose and Brian!
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, House of Hamill, Rose Baldino, Brian Buchanan, Celtic, folk rock, waltzes, jigs reels
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Jun 4, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of music, mostly from in and around the contra-&-social dance scenes, on discs recently gifted to the Ruckus! program, not previously played on the program.  A dozen artists are heard.  Many tracks are personal favorites. "Music that moves and connects us".  If you like it, share with friends.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music
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May 22, 2019 KQBM
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The practice of reflecting on mortality and loss, to support appreciation of life and blessings, is at least as old as civilization.   Today’s one-hour program uses music to explore those themes, during a weekend when this nation also pauses and remembers.   The music is emotional and may not be easy for some persons to engage with at this time.   The artists in this program are noted in the audio introduction.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, music, death, loss, passing
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May 21, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of Contra Dance and Closely Related music inspired by gazes at the heavens.  Lots of favorite bands and artists, brand new music from Oshima Brothers, and a first sampling of the music of Contratopia on the Ruckus!  Ably assisted in-studio by Trudy.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music, star, moon, cloud, flying
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May 13, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of Contra Dance music celebrating and featuring the work of Sam Bartlett, composer, musician (mandolin, banjos), artiste extrordinaire.  Early recordings and compositions with Uncle Gizmo, Wild Asparagus, and Reckless Ramblers, new twists on Sam's classic tunes from Stringrays, and the free-energy versions of the Bartlett Repertoire on the Evil Diane CD.  Sorry, had no time to describe "Stuntology" (Google it!) or an Ohio/Sam experience with an egg and a soda straw, or...
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music, new standards
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An hour of dance music from the western Swing (& -ish) tradition, featuring k.d. lang and the Reclines, Asleep at the Wheel, The Mavens, Dixie Dregs, and Steve Hickman and John Devine.  Good dancing tunes reaching back to Bob Wills, for two-steps, West Coast Swing, and the odd country line dance.  You can Google up local Country dances (& also Cajun and Zydeco for two-steps) in your area.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Western Swing, dance, music
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Apr 22, 2019 KQBM
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A third week of Ruckus! music where the sound of the banjo makes it all happen, from traditional and even corny tunes, to many, many other musical styles: some dance-related (square, flatfoot, contra tunes and players) and some others: Hypnotic Clambake, Richie Stearns/Horseflies, Ben Smith/Mean Lids, Jijy (on Valiha), Tom Turino/Euphor, Steve Martin, Hilarie Burhans/Hotpoint Stringband, Bela Fleck & the Marcus Roberts Trio.  The image here is a portion of "The Banjo Player" by...
Topics: Ruckus, KQBM, contra, square, flatfoot, banjo, valiha, music
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Apr 15, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of contra dance music featuring the crisp/resonant sound of the banjo, expanding the traditional New England sound. Bands and banjo pickers today are: Reckless Ramblers w/ Sam Bartlett, Mean Lids w/ Ben Smith, Stringrays w/ Stuart Kenny, more Sam from 'Evil Diane', and a set from Hotpoint Stringband (in photo) w/ Hillarie Burhans.  Also a taste of Oshima Brothers, to welcome them to their California tour this week.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Contra, Dance, music, banjo
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Apr 9, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of mostly traditional music featuring either banjo or related African instruments.  The photo on the page is of a Kora, the most likely African inspiration for the early banjos made by African slaves in the Caribbean and the southern USA.   Many of the American tunes in this program are from musicians in the Contra Dance or Old Timey musical scenes.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Contra Dance, music, banjo, lora, ngoni, Africa
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Apr 1, 2019 KQBM
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A One-April-One-Nine-themed show that starts with a lost history of English Country Dances and then wallows through almost an hour of traditional and other music about poultry.  :)
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Contra, dance, music, EC, English Country, Playford, Chicken, Hen, Egg, Rooster,...
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Mar 25, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of Contra Dance music from the bands Riptide and Mean Lids, to welcome everyone to Epicenter 2019!
Topics: Ruckus, KQBM, contra, dance, music, Riptide, Mean Lids, Epicenter
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Mar 19, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of Irish and Irish-informed dance music, from Rig The Jig, Natalie MacMaster, and various contra dance (and similar) bands and musicians.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, music, Irish, jig, reel
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Mar 11, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of mostly Contra Dance music from Noah, Julie, and their band Buddy System, to mark their March 2019 swing through Northern California.  Tracks from Ride the Wheel (BS), Dark Sky, Bright Stars (Julie Vallimont), and The Hurricane EP (The Faux Paws, with a tune written by Noah VanNorstrand).  Also, two unreleased concert segments from CDH @ Morgantown WV 2019.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Buddy System Band, Contra Dance, music, Noah VanNorsrtrand, Julie Vallimont, The Faux...
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Mar 4, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of dance/danceable music from Quebec, French New England/Breton, Louisiana Cajun, and Brazilian/Bahia traditions, to mark Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras / Carnaval.  Artists include Domino, Nightingale, Charivari, Rhythm Devils, Sergio Mendez, Angelique Kidjo, and Toots Thielemans
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Mardi Gras, Acadian, Cajun, Quebeqois, Breton, Brazil, Bahia, dance, music
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Feb 18, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of Contra Dance music from Eloise & Co., celebrating their appearance at Fiddling Frog 2019.  Four tracks (unmastered versions) from their 2018 (not '1918') CD 'More, Please!' (the CD sounds even better!), plus tracks from Becky Tracy's earlier work with Nightingale, Wild Asparagus and on her Evergreen CD, plus Rachel Bell's work with 7 collaborators on her 2016 CD 'Tone Chamber', and an extra dash of Andrew VanNorstrand playing on Mr. Plow, a Great Bear Trio track.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Contra, Dance, Music, Fiddling Frog, Eloise & Co., Becky Tracy, Rachel Bell,...
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Feb 11, 2019 KQBM
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A two-hour special Ruckus broadcast: all waltzes, mostly from contra/country/social dance traditions but diverse, to mark Valentine's Day 2019.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, contra, dance, waltz, romantic
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Feb 4, 2019 KQBM
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Music from the bent and broken side of romance, to set the stage for next week (Valentine's Day).  Some sad social dances, but those are hard to find :) so -- stretching out further afield from the dance scenes --  there are some vocal tracks from different genres, mostly peppy, musically; all angsting about the vicissitudes of love.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, contra, dance, music, heartbreak
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Jan 28, 2019 KQBM
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An interview with Gaye Fifer, a popular North American dance caller and current President of CDSS.org.  Gaye talks with us about traditional community social dancing in North America, and takes us back towards its roots in English Country Dance, a tradition still thriving here along with Contra and Square dancing.  Music for this program is a blend of old and new 'English' with a dash of traditional New England and an Olde Chestnut thrown in for luck.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, English Country, dance, music, Gaye Fifer, contra
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Jan 21, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of North American dance music (lots of Contra) donated to the Ruckus program or gifted to me over the past few weeks.  Some of the newer pieces are from Riptide, Mean Lids, Euphor, Owen Morrison, and Julie Vallimont.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Contra, dance, music, waltz
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Jan 15, 2019 KQBM
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Contra dance music, some new, from touring artists playing gigs in California in January through April, 2019.  Included: Elixir, Mean Lids, Riptide, Buddy System, plus solo/side projects, and also examples of works by Ed Howe, Rodney Miller, Stuart Kenny, and Mark Hellenberg, who will play Contra Carnivale 2019 in Drive Train and/or Rhythm Raptors.  Some waltzs and 'Electro'.  [Photo of: Mean Lids]
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Contra, Dance, Music, Carnivale, Epicenter, Electro
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Jan 7, 2019 KQBM
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An hour of highly energetic music, mostly Contra Dance tunes, including new tracks and old favorites.  "If you're listening and not moving, you're not doing it right..."
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, contra, dance, music, zesty
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Dec 4, 2018 KQBM
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An hour of fiddle-forward music from some North American dance traditions, especially Contra dance.  Mostly men this week, not always, and often with 2 or 3 fiddles playing together.  And a first listen to a fine new track from Stringrays (2019) 'Ticket To Nowhere' CD.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, contra, dance, music, fiddle, twin fiddles, waltz, Stringrays
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Nov 28, 2018 KQBM
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An hour of music from Master Fiddler Rodney Miller, from early years of the New England Contra Dance revival of the 1970s, through an evolution of influences over the years, to the artistry he embodies today.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, contra, dance, music, fiddle, fiddler, Rodney Miller, Airdance, Stringrays
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Nov 20, 2018 KQBM
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An hour of 'string band / contra dance' music featuring Canadian- and American-based women on the fiddle.  Many artists, lots of variety, great music!  Skills and passion.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, contra, dance, music, fiddle, violin, women
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Nov 15, 2018 KQBM
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Elzic: "How can we miss you when you won't go away?" [h/t Dan Hicks]  Elzic's Farewell, written by a Civil War Veteran, is an old tune with a modern vibe.  In this show we hear what different artists have done with it, including borrowing or quoting some of its musical DNA in contemporary tracks.  Interspersed throughout this show are a range of other Goodbye/Farewell tunes and songs: Dylan, Ashokan, Elsie's, and more. 
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Contra, dance, music, Elzic, Elzic's farewell
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Nov 5, 2018 KQBM
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The Parson Sisters (from ABQ, NM) LIVE in Studio Blue for an hour of live music, conversation, and select favorite tracks.  They bring a sampler of their diverse traditional and original musical influences.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, dance, music, contra dance, folk music, Baklan Music, Irish Music, The Parson...
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Oct 30, 2018 KQBM
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An hour of favorite tracks, in an exploration of how Contra Dance artists switch up rhythms of jigs against reels to create energy, drama and mood.  Two tracks have the 6/8-rhythmic DNA of a jig working inside of a 4/4 frame; can you spot them?  I led off with a dead mic in the studio, making the hour more, or less, interesting depending on your POV; can you spot the mistakes?  The first full track, by Elixir, promotes Dancing Around In Your Bones -- Happy Halloween!
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, contra dance, music, jigs, reels
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Oct 22, 2018 KQBM
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A selection of dance-able Jigs and Reels, with notes on what they are, how they differ, and how they each sound and 'feel'.  These tracks will set up next week's show, which will feature examples of how Jigs and Reels can interact.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, contra dance, music, jigs, reels
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Oct 8, 2018 KQBM
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An appreciation of the early recorded music of The Great Bear Trio, and Andrew and Noah, with selections from three CDs: 2003-2005.
Topics: KQBM, Ruckus, Contra, Dance, Music, Great Bear
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Sep 18, 2018 KQBM
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Contra dance jigs, reels and waltzes from the co-headliner bands at the 2018 Echo Summit Dance Camp: Latter Day Lizards and Toss the Possum.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, contra, dance, music, echo summit
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Sep 10, 2018 KQBM
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An hour of varied Contra dance music featuring The Four Potatoes, or sometimes three, or...
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, contra, dance, music
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Sep 3, 2018 KQBM
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An hour of contra dance medleys from a truly amazing 'community' dance band, the 75-player Portland Megaband.  Communities intersect in the dance hall.  Featuring tracks from 2009's CD 'A Beneficial Tradition'.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, contra dance, music, community band, Portland Megaband
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Aug 27, 2018 KQBM
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An hour of 'old-timey' music in the Appalachian tradition, with one set from the Contra dance music scene and a second set from 'Shout Lulu!' by The Rockinghams.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, dance, square dance, old timey music, appalachian music
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Aug 20, 2018 KQBM
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An hour with The Horse Flies, exploring the diverse facets of their work over their 37 years together, as well as in other configurations of players.  A thank you.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, The Horse Flies, dance music
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Aug 14, 2018 KQBM
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Music from "A Portland Selection" complements a description of what an evening of Contra Dancing is like.  Listeners are encouraged to give it a try, because...  it's really good fun!
Topics: KQBM, ruckus, contra dance, music
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Aug 7, 2018 KQBM
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Origins of Contra (& Square, EC) Dance, and history/tradition in New England.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus
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Jul 31, 2018 KQBM
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Contra Dance music starts to swing!  Origins and evolution.  Great tunes, great bands, cool waltzes too.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus
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Jul 23, 2018 KQBM
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Showcases what five bands can do when they might or might not strictly be playing dance music.  Includes vocal tracks, plus two waltzes from the 2018 Echo Summit Dance Camp lineup.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus
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Jul 16, 2018 KQBM
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Dance music rooted in French traditions in North America, from Canada, New England, and Louisiana, to celebrate a holiday.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus
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Jul 9, 2018 KQBM
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Contra and other dance tunes featuring the sound of the flute.  Musings on ancient bone flutes and the origins of music and community.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus
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Jul 2, 2018 KQBM
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One hour show with New England style Contra dance music from the 1970 - 2003 period.
Topics: KQBM, ruckus
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Jun 28, 2018 KQBM
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One hour radio show introducing Contra and Community Dancing and dance music.
Topics: KQBM, There's a Ruckus, Rick